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people will lose their job. unemployment will go to 9%. why would we do that? >> president obama is meeting with high-profile officers today -- >> we don't speculate but we know the consequences of failing to reach an agreement. >> we're here to support doing the right thing and putting america back to work. >> we've got to make sure that taxes don't go up on middle-class families. our economy remains strong. we're creating jobs. >> it's time for the president and democrats to get serious about the spending problem that our country has. >> is the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff? >> oh, absolutely. >> how about we stop the press conferences, statements, speeches, stop the personal and political attacks? >> people have different views. i'm willing to compromise. >> the president keeps opening doors for the speaker to go through. with the action that the speaker announced, it slammed the door in the president's face. >> time's running short. i'm going to do everything i can to protect as many americans from an increase in taxes as i can. >> are you guys just inco
. then at 8:00 a.m. eastern, senator ron johnson and bob corker. president obama issued a warning on "meet the press." >> on midnight, december 31st, if congress doesn't act, then everybody's taxes go up. and for the average family, that could mean a loss of $2,000 in income. for the entire economy, that means consumers have a lot less money to make purchases, which means businesses are going to have a lot less customers, which means that they're less likely to hire and the whole economy could slow down at a time when the economy is starting to pick up. >> but after it was all said and done, leaders on the senate floor couldn't get anything done, at least not yet. >> there's no single issue that remains an impossible sticking point. the sticking point appears to be a willingness and interest or frankly the courage to close the deal. i want everyone to know, i'm willing to get this done, but i need a dance partner. >> this morning, we've been trying to come up with some counteroffice to my friend's proposal. we haven't been able to do that. i've had a number of conversations with the presid
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